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Brewed by RCH
Style: English Strong Ale
Weston-super-Mare, England

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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A bottle conditioned version of Firebox with the addition of spice oils.
Pale malt, chocolate malt; Progress and Target hops; ginger, cloves, cinnamon, corriander, nutmeg, pimento. A dark, rich spicy bottle-conditioned ale, resonant with Christmas seasonal flavours and designed to take the chill off the coolest winter night. Ale Mary has a warm and sweet aroma of cloves, coriander and ginger. The palate provides touches of rum, raisins and sultanas, with a dry fruity finish. This ale has been exclusively brewed for us by Paul Davey of RCH Brewery.


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Quite a disappointment. HUGE head that made me think it was infected. No off flavours but no good ones either.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Whatís in a name? More than whatís inside this is my impression. Strange tartness and all kinds of elements that I either canít figure out or donít want to know. Mary can have it.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Murky orangey, amber color with a damn huge, frothy white head. What a spice concoction, this stuff exudes spiciness. Cloves are predominant, corriander and a little nutmeg play up close. Looks good and appetizing. Unfortunately looks and aroma arenít everything. Spicy flavor of cloves, corriander, hops, and other Christmas fruitcake crap but for all of its constituents it is utterly flavorless. There is a strange twangy sweetness that manages to slide in under the blandness. Finishes bitter. Too many flavors to blend well. Since Iíve never had a beer steeped with pimento maybe that is it. It is a very strong flavored ale, spicy and peppery. Full mouthfeel and oily. It is however very untasty.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
pours golden amber, big, big fluffy head. nose is full of spices, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. flavor is spice, but not much else. lightly spiced air. an insubstantial brew.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2008
First time I had this I thought it was one of the most horrid seasonals I had ever tasted. The nose is overly spicy and full of sourness and a light bit of ginger. This was just like they spilled a whole bottle of assorted spices in the mash. Too much for me, hardly any maltiness, a light fruitcake flavor. Finishes extremely dry and undrinkable to me.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (1316) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Orangy brown. Very little head. Aroma: Orangy. Fruity. Ginger. Taste: Herby. Ginger and coriander. Bitter. Info: 500ml bottle, 28/6-2006, 132/300

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2011
A clear orange/amber colored beer, with a thick foamy white ehad. The aroma is like perfume. There are fruits and sweet candy. The taste of sweet candies, a little bitter, perfume and a little spices. The aftertaste is some bitter with sweet.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Medium amber color. Medium sized tight foamy head. Aroma is nutty, fruity, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of ginger, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. Its not really a appetizing mix, and what in the frell is PIMENTO doing in there. There is also something I am assuming is spice oil. GAHHH. Sorry, guv this one is NOT my cup of tea. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Well, at least I enjoyed their porter. This pours a hazy amber orange with a slight but persistent creamy head. Looks nice. Aroma is clove, cinammon, nutmeg, ginger, and something oddly citric sour. Flavor is very similar, a totally over the top spice bomb followed by a strangely astringent finish. Could not get into this at all. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it is a clove oriented bitterness. Frankly, I hated it. I can see how others could dig this, but it just wasnít for me.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2007
Gold-amber. Smells like a íChristmas Spiceí plug-in air freshener. Paul Davey, who apparently brewed this dreadful jumble of tastes and aromas, should have known better. A huge disappointment after their excellent East Street Cream.


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